Wow. What a week. Kicked off with a bang Tuesday with Virginia pulling their weight in the ACC/B1G Challenge (more on that in a minute), and finished with a new head coach. Let's get into it.
-The No.1 Women's Swimming and Diving team earned a first place victory at the Georgia Fall Invitational, ahead of No.3 Georgia, No.8 Auburn, and No.20 Penn State. The ladies set several school records, and Courtney Bartholomew and Leah Smith each swam a nation leading pace in their respective events. The Hoos return to action at the AFC January 8-9.
-Women's Basketball took down NJIT 81-54 behind a double-double from Lauren Moses who had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Second year Aliyah Huland El added 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the victory. Virginia hosts Bowling Green on Tuesday at 11am.
-Lax Mustache Madness, started by Virginia Lacrosse alum Ken Clausen, wrapped up its annual fundraiser Saturday. This year, they brought in over $170,000, a new record. Lax Mustache Madness has now raised over half a million dollars for cancer research since 2009.
$170K New Record! Special thanks to all! @HEADstrongFnd @LaxAllStars @Inside_Lacrosse @NCAA_Lax @Warrior @LacrosseMag @MLL_Lacrosse @MCLA— Lax Mustache Madness (@LaxMustache) December 2, 2015
-No.10 Virginia went on the road to Columbus and took down the Fighting Mark Tituses (Ohio State) 64-58, without starting PG London Perrantes. Ridiculously, Perrantes had to get an appendectomy, now the second Wahoo this calendar year to need the procedure. Malcolm Brogdon led the way with 22 points on 6-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Darius Thompson, who started in place of Perrantes, added 12 points and Anthony Gill had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Saturday, the Hoos followed up their road win with a decisive 67-52 home victory over a tricky William and Mary team that had already taken down NC State (by 17) in Raleigh to open the season. Gill and Brogdon led the team with 16 points a piece, but Darius Thompson was all the fans and media could talk about following a monster dunk. Isaiah Wilkins played some stellar minutes against both the Buckeyes and the Tribe, and Nolte had a productive 11 minutes with 7 points in the second game.
THE DUNK is at the 4:12 mark, and VirginiaSportsTV has every angle, and in super slo-mo. It's incredible. Watch it tons of times, and I recommend picking a new person to watch each time...the reactions are priceless.
Twitter had some fun with the dunk.
Caption this @UVAMensHoops bench reaction after @dthomp15's monster dunk #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/8ARDRn9DBk— Matt Riley - UVa (@uvasportsphotos) December 5, 2015
Seriously. Look at their expressions. Jeff Jones (far right) had a response, however:
In our defense we thought @dthomp15 had just killed that dude. pic.twitter.com/v1B1aP6VLp— Jeff Jones (@Jeff_r_Jones) December 5, 2015
Next up, Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers go to New York to play No.20 West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic. Tip is at 7 on ESPN.
-Friday, Virginia announced that BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall would be taking the reins of the Cavalier football program. Throughout the week, Virginia Football has been sharing some sentiments about our new coach...and things are looking good.
What they're saying about new UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall: #GoHoos #BroncoUVA pic.twitter.com/4HJRsAFXMF— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) December 7, 2015
What they're saying about new UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall. #GoHoos #BroncoUVA pic.twitter.com/srLELPGkgL— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) December 7, 2015
What they're saying about new UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall: #GoHoos #BroncoUVA pic.twitter.com/8Q0CHOu63v— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) December 6, 2015
What they're saying about new UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall: #GoHoos #BroncoUVA pic.twitter.com/vxjSBDuidl— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) December 7, 2015
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